new-york

Rod Rhodes

Monique Knowlton Gallery

It is rare that architecture as subject matter moves and incites. This is not because people are so unflappable; most contemporary architecture is an endurance test for architect and public, and it is difficult to find inspiration in drudgery. At a time when so many buildings fail us all, Rod Rhodes’ mysterious and disturbing constructions remind us of the imaginative, inventive, erotic, and agitating potential of architectural spaces. Although he chooses to work in condensed scale, the metaphorical content of his work is undiminished. His pieces state very succinctly that architecture has promises to keep and enigmas to shelter and contain.

This exhibition placed three white models, all lit from within, in a darkened gallery. They appeared as glowing totems, suggesting ancestral stories and hallucinatory visions. Each model sits on a solid pedestal nearly five feet high, and is encased in

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